So, basically an anti-inflammatory diet focuses on plant foods and can have some animal products and oils thrown in here and there. I’ve been eating almost exclusively a whole-foods plant-based diet for nearly two years now. My inflammation is greatly reduced, but still obviously there, so my diet and lifestyle need some tweaks.
To start off, I haven’t been eating nearly enough veggies. All the anti-inflammatory diet charts out there recommend 7-10 servings of veggies per day. That’s way more than I was having! I was doing really good to get 1 or 2 in. Fruit, I have no problem with, but veggies are hard.
Counting servings is tedious, though. I heard one doctor say to try and get half of your meal to be colorful fruits and veggies. That’s way easier, so, I did that today. When I made my smoothie this morning, I made sure half was berries, and for dinner I ate this:
It was red cabbage with a bunch (half a bag) of spinach. The brown stuff is this really awesome curry sauce. I really like it, but it’s also loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, so I may be eating this more. I also need to post it on here, because it really is awesome. I’m not even a big fan of Indian food, and I love this sauce.
Besides needing more veggies, my sugar intake was too high. It was all healthy sugars, but even healthy sugars can be too much for the body. I’ve changed out my maple syrup for stevia. As some of you know, I’ve been doing battle with Candida, and that’s basically a form of yeast infection that thrives on sugar – any sugar. So switching to stevia was a vital change for me.
I also need to exercise more. I don’t have an interest in sweating it out, so I’m planning to go for a walk or a light bike ride every day.